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Your baby continues to grow this week and weighs about 6.8 pounds. His crown-to-rump length is still about 14 inches and total length is around 21 inches. Most women do not grow any larger during the last few weeks of their pregnancy. From the top of your uterus to your bellybutton is about 6.5 to 7 inches. You may be very uncomfortable now-you are almost there!

Just before real labor contractions start, you might notice false labor contractions. These should not be confused with Braxton-Hicks contractions. False labor contractions can be as strong as real labor contractions, but do not get closer and may go away if you get up to walk around. Contractions help dilate the cervix and encourage your water to break. Your baby could be born any day now, but only 5% of mothers deliver on their actual due date!

Over the last few weeks of pregnancy, your baby has been building up waste materials in the intestines. This waste material is known as meconium and is greenish-black in color. Meconium is made up of cells that your baby has shed, lanugo and other substances. Meconium is the first waste that your baby will pass after birth. However, sometimes babies pass meconium before delivery and are delivered with greenish-black waste covering their body. Special care must be taken when a baby passes meconium in the womb.

If your baby is a boy, his testes should have descended into his scrotum by this time. When your baby boy is born, both of his testes should be in place. Approximately 1% of babies are born with undescended testes. Because an undescended testis can cause infertility issues and increase the risks of testicular cancer, your baby's doctor will examine both testes after birth.

The baby's skull is not fully solid as the five bony plates, known as fontanels (little fountains), are still separate and can be pushed together. Birth may mold and elongate the fetal head, a safety precaution to reduce the skull's diameter for an easier birth, without damaging the fetal brain. After delivery, the baby's head returns to a rounded shape. Eyes have no tear ducts yet, they appear a few weeks after birth.

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HootOwl - 83 days ago
Happy birthday Onj!! I was told sex is good because sperm contains the same chemical as the induction gel but that you need 15 litres of sperm hahah. That's a lot of man juice!!

bkle - 83 days ago
onj- today I just used two breast milk cups. I cupped them around my nipples and leaned forward and poured it in the bag after they stopped dripping as much. when the other breast leaks when breastfeeding on the other side I did the same thing to catch the milk just tose times I just put a pumping cup with the bottle hooked on it. hope that made sense

onj - 83 days ago
are they regular breast milk storage bags? How do hold them on to catch milk? I always have the problem that while baby feeds on one side, the other side pours milk and I soak myself and baby and lose so much milk!! It'd be great to avoid that this time around.

bkle - 83 days ago
4girls-- I was told that if you hold your pee to long it can bring on labor too, but im not sure you want to try that.

bkle - 83 days ago
Onj-- I can see your point for not wanting yours on moms day; my MIL bday is the 18 so that is a day I DONT want him to be born. Im so mean but I cant stand her she is so selfish

bkle - 83 days ago
onj- my body has been ready for baby for weeks contractions and all, but the shot I took prevents it from happening. Now I can actually feel the shot wearing off and my body is playing catch up. Im know there is tons in there right now. If I were to pump I know id get at least 3oz out haha but I don't want to stimulate too soon as much as id really want to have my baby now. I did save the milk, I was thinking why let it leak all over my shirt when I can save it in my sanitary breast milk bags and freeze for him later. I hope its still ok for him to drink when it came from me while I was pregnant. hmmm

onj - 83 days ago
I definitely DON'T want a mothers day baby. The 11th is also my MILs bday, and I just cant have baby sharing her bday lol! And day this week would be ok with me though :) haha

bkle - 83 days ago
pinapple does sound good, I should get one and eat it on Saturday :-)

onj - 83 days ago
bkle, one of mine leaked the other night- I had a wet spot on my shirt when I woke up... but I don't think I could even force out 1.5 oz... that seems like a lot for before baby is even here!! lol. Maybe you ARE closer than you think!

bkle - 83 days ago
Castrol oil is what my mom used to get me out. Diarrea for sure and that wouldn't be pleasant during labor ewww.

onj - 83 days ago
And what I heard about pineapple is that you would have to eat several whole pineapples for it to work... but who knows? It can't hurt, plus it tastes good, so it's worth a try!!

bkle - 83 days ago
4girls--- I was always told not to have sex, walk to much, no nipple stimulation, no dancing, standing for long periods of time, no bouncing on a yoga ball, drink lots of water, lay on my left side when contractions happen; so by those things I was told not to do im thinking those are things you can try to speed things up :-) Its sad im already doing a few things im not use to doing during pregnancy now that ive made it to the safe point. Lots of walking and getting things done. today my breasts started leaking on their own so I put a breast milk bag under them and all I had to do was put pressure on the sides and 1.5oz came out. Not intentional stimulation but part of me thought hmmmm I wonder if they will help my body fight the shot ive been taking hehe. I still want him to stay in until next sunday; id love to have a mothers day baby ;-)

onj - 83 days ago
Thanks ladies :) Yay Bkle- I'm so happy you made full-term. Now, after all the hoping to keep baby in, you get to hope to get baby out :P I'm not sure if I much believe in the ways to induce labour. With my 1st, I had sex and tried nipple stimulation and went into labour the next morning. So, obviously, I thought it would work with my 2nd too... but try as I might, and as many times as I could, I had contractions for a month before I randomly woke up in real labour at 40+1... This time, I'm just trying to make sure I get enough activity so that if I am ready, gravity helps me out. I would never try castor oil because with my 1st, the doctor told me it usually only makes women have diarrhea, and if it DOES work, they have diarrhea in labour.... That just doesn't sound pleasant lol

4girls want a boy - 83 days ago
Pineapple sound good . Maybe I will walk to the store and get one. kill two birds with one stone . (Walk and eat pineapple)

SamanthaDawn - 83 days ago
4 girls-- I've herd from midwives and doctors that sex works the best. Some people say eating fresh pineapple helps somehow, or spicy foods. (I wouldn't bother with the spicy foods tho because of heartburn, and I can't stand spicy things)

4girls want a boy - 83 days ago
Yay bkle full term! I want to have this baby now ! I wish there was something I could do to go into labor . I did this my last pregnancy and wore myself out trying to go into labor, and ended up getting induced .Today I tried pumping for 30 min Please don't laugh , I tried preasure points in my foot , im getting ready to go on a walk. I don't want the hospital to induce me, but wish I could induce myself. With one child sex put me into labor well I keep falling asleep before hubby even gets to bed so can't try that . I'm willing to try anything except casrol oil. Any ideas?

bkle - 83 days ago
My husband and I decided to have another baby and 6 days after I quit the pill we were pregnant with this baby. (Actually) We got pregnant with twins but lost one of them at 6 weeks. I think things happen for a reason. Feeling blessed to have my baby and making it to full term - tomorrow yay! Its such a relief to know everything is going to be ok now and its amazing how these past few days I feel relaxed :-)

bkle - 83 days ago
happy birthday onj :-)

SamanthaDawn - 83 days ago
Happy birthday onj! :)

4girls want a boy - 83 days ago
Onj Happy Birthday ! Sounds like a nice day.

onj - 83 days ago
So I had an awesome 30th birthday yesterday, the weather couldn't have been better- went to a farmers market, had a bbq, the kids played outside and my mom kept them for the night so I could go listen to my husband's gig, which I never get to do. Went to my mom's for lunch today, another sunny beautiful day and kids played outside for hours. Now we are home, they are drawing on the deck with chalk, and I am thinking I might even start timing my contractions. But they aren't painful, so I don't expect much lol.

4girls want a boy - 83 days ago
Samantha that is where I started at on here the TTC .. I too was very blessed with how fast I got pregnant. We started trying and two weeks after I was preggo's. We are all now at a bitter sweet part of the pregnancy...Mummytoharrison, I think Sandra had her csection on thursday so maybe she is still in the hospital ..I can't wait to hear an update .. Four more days and I will be 39 weeks . I am keeping my foot down on no induceing unless needed. My Dr's reason for induceing me this thursday was so I won't be pregnant on mothers day. Naaa She just don't want to be messing with any diliverys on mothers day. I'm ok i will wait.

SamanthaDawn - 83 days ago
9 more days till baby day! It feels so far away, and so close at the same time. I was feeling like this is taking forever, but then I read some of the comments in the TTC forum. Those ladies don't know if they're going to get pregnant this month, next month or 10 months from now! And it made me realise I am very close and so lucky that I concieved this baby immediatly. I decided to have a baby a few days, or a week after my period, and got pregnant that cycle! Now I'm paitently waiting for my new baby, and some people who were trying to concieve back then are still trying now, I feel bad for the peolpe who have to keep trying it must feel so hopeless.

ElisiaDawn - 83 days ago
No, I wonder how she got on?

HootOwl - 83 days ago
Anyone heard from Sandra?

4girls want a boy - 84 days ago
Yay blood bkle.. Ok that sounded weird, but you kow what I mean. Yes I was busy today I just wanted to do something nice for my little girls before baby is born.Pluse I have bad cabin fever and needed some fun.... Samantha sound like a crapy day sorry :(

SamanthaDawn - 84 days ago
I still don't know my girl name (if I have a girl) can you ladies go on the polls section, and answer my baby name poll?

SamanthaDawn - 84 days ago
My saturday was crap. I stayed home all day with the kids, and hubby worked. I was so tired but cleaning anyway. Did a load of laundry and the washer OVERFLOWED! I shut off the washer, it STILL kept filling up! I unplugged it, water still pouring, I had to pull the washer (full of water) away from the wall, and reach behind it to turn off the water tap. THEN had a HUGE amount of water to wipe up. (I was JUST caught up on ALL the laundry, then I had to dirty EVERY towel and 2 blankets. It ran downstairs too! (on top of a bunch of boxes I had stacked) Ughhh why did we stack the storage boxes RIGHT beneith where the washer is??!! and hubby just bought a bunch of large plastic totes to store the stuff in, I wish we would have put them in there before this happend, then everything would have been dry in the tote, instead of a cardboard box. So anyways after I cleaned up all the water upstairs I took everything out of the boxes, Dried it sorted it and put it into the totes. So tiring! I did not want to have to do that today, but at least it's over with now. And my landlord showed up immediatly to fix the washer. He says it's fixed, but can't be trusted. So now every time I do laundry I have to watch it to make sure its not leaking or overflowing. (I'd rather do that for EVERY load than ever have to clean up that much water again) and if it ever happend again he will buy us a new washer for here. Because it's not the first time it happend... It used to leak out the back pipe during the drain/spin cycle. (and I'd always have to watch it during that part) NOW it's overflowing while filling up! ughh It will suck watching it the entire time for every load, but I guess it's an excuse to sit down and do nothing for 30 minutes a day hehe

bkle - 84 days ago
4girls-- your one busy woman ;-) I think I got back my nesting bug today. I organized a few closets and drawers. My husband set up james crib and I decorated and put all the stuff on it (I posted pics but for some reason its hard to see). So ive been busy but not as much as you. All in all today was good, rainy outside but good. Oh ya and I had a very small spot of blood today, hmmm makes me wonder hehe.

4girls want a boy - 84 days ago
I can't believe it myself.. Well today has been a busy day, we went out for breakfast, then did a little food shopping. Took the girls to circus circus to ride some rides get some treats and play some games. Then we took the girls to the little water play area at the park . Now my husband is getting the bath ready and im in hope for an early bed time. Well its only 6pm here so the bath may last till 7am and lotion and hair brush may last till 8. I need to think of a few more activitys that will last till 9 then bed time..Hope you ladys are having a good Saturday :-)

HootOwl - 84 days ago
I can't believe she booked a cruise over the due date. Unreal! My contracrions seem to have stopped :(

ElisiaDawn - 84 days ago
Bkle- I had a few false alarms with my DD and because I had so many when it was actually the real thing I refused to ring the hospital, until my mum was like your definitely in labour..... 3 hours later she was here, so im nervous im going to do the same this time not think anything when its the real thing because of these cramps ive been getting! I just want him here now but I know the wait will ne worth it :) xx

bkle - 84 days ago
ive never experienced the tease contractions until this pregnancy. All other pregnancies when I was contracting and were timable that meant time for a baby. This week sure has been different. Im still hoping for a mothers day baby :-) we will see.

ElisiaDawn - 84 days ago
Arghhh how frustrating everything has just stopped :( all signs..... just gone looks like im here for a little longer ladies :) good luck to anyone having contractions and on their journey to meeting their little ones! we are all almost there! 3 days left until week 39 xx

4girls want a boy - 84 days ago
I have showed up to the hospital in a pregnancy dilated to a 3 . I want to be a 7 when I show up this time. We shall see how well I can do that.

4girls want a boy - 84 days ago
Thanks bkle. I just said yes because I didn't want to start a fight. She will never know .. I was up early and was having contractions for four hours and they were coming on strong. I thought we were going to head to the hospital so I took a shower. After the shower they stoped .LOL Gone ! ...Samantha I live almost an hour away from my hospital .. We have practiced the drive being that we have never used this hospital..Very scary for you needing a csection ..

SamanthaDawn - 84 days ago
I've been having a few braxton hicks contractions here and there, but nothing very painful. As soon as I feel a painful one I'm definatly going to go!

bkle - 84 days ago
Samantha-- that's scary. You live 30 minutes away and sometimes its difficult to tell if its real labor or not. Id be going in at the first pain real or not.

SamanthaDawn - 84 days ago
I will be so annoyed if they try to change the date, because they already changed it TWICE! The first day they told me was may 8th (a week before my due date) then they pushed it to may 12th, and now it's the 13th. (2 days before my due date) They can't make me wait any longer than that, or they better not! Because the whole reason I need this scheduled c-section is because the contractions of labor could rupture my old scars in my uterus! (Scary!) So I don't want to go into labor and they said if I do, or I think I'm in labor to come in ASAP for an emergency c-section. ...and I live 30 minutes away from the hospital.

bkle - 84 days ago
Samantha---10 days wow that is soon, so exciting its coming so quickly. Hopefully they cant change the date on you now that it is so close :-)

bkle - 84 days ago
4girls-- My mom and I were always off and on as well. My ex's mom has been more a mother to me then my own mom was which always made me sad. Your definatly the better person for watching her dog for her while she leaves on vacation at this important time for you. Im sure you wanted to share this with her, and it hurts when someone you want to share it with doesn't want the same. Sometimes people who aren't your blood are more excited then the ones that are blood family. For me there is still this feeling of why wont my sister call me, why doesn't she care; why does my ex's hole family call me almost daily to check on me but my own blood hasn't called in months! Im happy to have my ex's family, but there is still something deep inside that is so sad the support isn't coming from my own family.

bkle - 84 days ago
elisaxx and mummytoharrison--- good luck keep us posted :-)

SamanthaDawn - 84 days ago
10 more days till my scheduled c-section! I had an OBS appointment yesterday and when I was washing my hands, the smell of the hospital soap got me so excited to have my baby! (It always does) That smell takes me right back to when I had my babies and stayed in the hospital. The day is getting closer I finally feel like it'll soon be here!

4girls want a boy - 84 days ago
Oh and that she booked this cruise 2 weeks ago makes me even more mad !!!!!!!!!!!!! Ok enough )))) Mummytoharrison, and Elisia GOOD LUCK MAMA's ..

4girls want a boy - 84 days ago
Well dog is here , got here at 5 am . My four year old is up playing with him, and im contracting. Bkle I have had a struggling on and off relationship with my mom for ever. This is my first child that im having and we are even talking. I am very mad and hurt and really don't understand how a cruise is so much more important to her then being her for her family. My husband and I value family a lot and the only family here in vegas is my mom and step dad..I'm just very thankfull to have my church family that I have known for 11 years now. They are all excited for this baby to come

HootOwl - 84 days ago
Been having cramping every 3 or so mins for the last 2.5 hours. Might race ya, elisiaxx

ElisiaDawn - 84 days ago
All day yesterday I have been emptying myself, upset tummy and sickness! Im having mild cramps today and hospital doesn't think it's long for me! I am bouncing on my ball to get contractions stronger. I am almost 39 weeks so anytime for me now!

bkle - 85 days ago
im not 37 weeks yet but wondering how anyone can go to 40 weeks! Im feeling like such a wimp, the pain all the time sucks! But when I feel him move it helps me be more excited to be where im at. This later pregnancy stuff is ALL new to me and im glad to be experiencing it most days. I cant wait to meet my little baby :-) oh and I read up on the group b stuff and it looks like I have to have antibiotics 4 hours before having him any time getting antibiotics within 2 hours isn't as effective. My active labors are usually 2 hours so hmmmm how is this going to work? My plan was to try to labor at home as long as possible. I was hoping that I got there just in time to pop him out with the hope that the dr misses the birth. Very possible for me considering the last two babies the dr either didn't make it or came just as I was pushing baby out. Hmmmm this will be interesting.

bkle - 85 days ago
4girls-- I still cant believe your mom left for vacation and asked you to watch her dog. Id be so mad right now, but seems like your taking it well. When my mom died we ended up with her horrible dog. Poops all over the house/barks/bites people but for some reason I don't have the heart to just give her to someone else. Even today we steam cleaned our 3 year olds room because her dog names 'princess' pooped in there and im always paranoid scrubbing it by hand gets it clean. I told my husband im starting to hate dogs because of her.

momofour - 85 days ago
Bkle... Yeah I agree... I love love love baby baths! And for sure often.. You need to keep that sweet baby smell... Not old milk & spit up in their neck rolls.. Ewwww....



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